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Is there anything to learn from Trump's impeachment? We looked and researched and found the following which may be of interest...from The Washington Post:
1. Partisanship reigns
As an expression of the tribalism and polarization that has taken hold in Washington, it’s tough to do better than this: The House took something with almost no ideological component and has come down almost completely along partisan lines.
In fact, impeachment was so partisan that there were as members who switched party over impeachment — two — as there were other crossover votes.
Those party-switchers were Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), who went from Republican to independent, and Rep. Jeff Van Drew (N.J.), who is moving from Democrat to Republican. Van Drew remained a Democrat at least for Wednesday and was joined in voting against both articles by Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.), who represents the most Trump-friendly district (Trump won it by 31 points) of any Democrat. The only other crossover was Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine), who voted against the second article on obstruction of Congress. Presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) voted present on both. Every Republican, meanwhile, voted against both articles.
So in the end, the abuse of power article passed 230-197, and the obstruction of Congress article passed 229-198.
Impeachment wasn’t so partisan for Bill Clinton, when five Democrats crossed over, nor was it for Richard Nixon, when a half dozen House Judiciary Committee Republicans voted in favor of impeachment but he resigned before the full House voted. This time, it’s just the latest almost completely party-line vote.
2. The GOP’s devotion to Trump
Republicans have long held their nose with Trump. They’ve looked past the tweets. They’ve given him the benefit of the doubt on things like Charlottesville. They’ve dealt with his unorthodox and unwieldy style and the headaches that come with it. And they’ve gotten their rewards: Oodles of judges, two Supreme Court justices and tax cuts.
But the defenses they’ve mounted of him over the past three months — and particularly Wednesday — really solidify the bond. Trump asked a foreign country to investigate his political rival based upon spurious evidence, and he did the same with a conspiracy theory that Ukraine might have interfered in the 2016 election rather than Russia. Numerous members of his own administration have said a White House meeting and military aid were withheld in connection with the push for those probes.
And through it all, the GOP has largely shrugged. It initially defended Trump almost purely on process grounds, but its defenses of him Wednesday were more about how there just isn’t much substance to the allegations against him. They effectively endorsed his actions. They pretended he didn’t actually do the things he indisputably did. They pretended he was actually interested in corruption in Ukraine, against all evidence. They made arguments that strained the bounds of logic to dismiss his actions. They even compared his persecution to Jesus on Wednesday — twice.
It’s perhaps no surprise that no Republicans voted to impeach and no GOP senators will likely vote to remove him from office; those are very serious punishments even if they think Trump did something wrong. What’s remarkable about what we’ve just seen, though, is how thoroughly Republicans bear-hugged him.
House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) said in his closing argument that “it has become increasingly clear that the limits of partisanship have been reached -- and passed.” It sounds repetitive to say it, but the GOP’s...
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